Today is the third day of the WEEK OF THE GERBIL!
A gerbilarium is a cage where a gerbil lives. A simple meaning for a big word!
So what kind of gerbilarium is best? That's a hard thing to say. It depends on your's and your gerbils' preferences. There are many types to choose from, but keep in mind, you should never use a hamster or mouse cage.
What Should My Gerbilarium Have?
Your gerbilarium will need the following:
- To be escape proof and chew proof.
- High walls to hold a lot of bedding.
- Multiple levels
- A water bottle
- A food bowl
- A running wheel
- Food and chew treats
You can add little houses and other things, but they are not necessary as you should have a lot of bedding in the cage for your gerbils to nest in.
Gerbilarium High Rise: Gerbilariums such as these are becoming more popular lately. They are still a bit hard to find, but you can order them online.These habitats are designed with gerbils in mind. They are actually very similar to the tank/high rise set up previously mentioned. As you can see, these cages are fairly large and lave a bottom for holding large amounts of bedding. the ramp leads to the top area where there are platforms and a bridge. Their food, water bottle, and running wheel can be placed up here. The ramp and platforms are made of wire so they are chew proof. This set up is easy to clean, though they may be a bit on the expensive side. Multiple same sex gerbils can be house together and this set up is highly recommended.
Aquarium With High Rise: This gerbilarium is more or less the same thing as the very first one i talked about except for one, very important detail: It is plastic instead of all wire. Gerbils are chewing machines! They will chew anything and everything. This is a very nice set up, but I honestly think a pair of gerbils would chew through the plastic ramps, platforms, house, and water bottle in a matter of months if not weeks. I've seen some very rise high rises with tubes instead of ramps, but they too are plastic, and can be chewed very easily. I've witnessed first hand how fast a pair of gerbils can chew through a cage with plastic ramps and platforms. Honestly, I wouldn't recommend this set up, unless you have the money to replace it every few months.
There are so many choices! It can be hard to choose, but hopefully this helps! Until tomorrow guys!